Talking Image Connection: Working Forces/Desktop

Opening Reception

Friday, December 9th, 2016, 7-9pm

Gallery Hours


Exhibition Runs

Dec 9 - Dec 9

Talking Image Connection, TIC, establishes free events which bring together writers, contemporary art, and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities.

Authors, D. Allen, William Bearheart, Sarah Fox, Opal McCarthy and Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen  invent stories, poems, and other souvenirs in response to The Soap Factory’s current exhibitions: ‘Working Forces’ and ‘Mathew Zefeldt: Desktop’ this TIC reading is curated by Lucas Pingel.

D. Allen is a queer poet and interdisciplinary artist living in Minneapolis, where they are an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. Their work has recently appeared in pnk prl,Rogue Agent, Black Warrior Review, Connotation Press, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, and elsewhere. D. is the artist and designer of “Restored Mural for Orlando,” a chapbook written by poet Roy G. Guzmán created in response to the Pulse nightclub massacre. D. is currently at work on a hybrid manuscript about connective tissue.

Sarah Fox lives in NE Minneapolis. Coffee House Press published her books Because Why and The First Flag; she’s currently at work finishing a collection of poetry, Invisible Wife, and starting a collection of nonfiction, Pain Management. She is a grandmother, teacher, placenta encapsulator, and therapeutic astrologer. Spread love.

Opal McCarthy is a poet, teacher, bodyworker, and performer who lives in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Opal’s first book of poems, SURGE, a book of wild girls & fierce tenderness, is now available from Tinderbox Editions. Opal is passionate about calling forth the splendor, the shadows, the secrets, the wild & free beings within herself and others, through embodied creative presence. Opal’s poetry has appeared in La Petite Zine, alice blue review, Midway Journal, Invoke Magazine, and elsewhere. Opal is a practitioner of Heartworks Lomi Lomi bodywork and also leads writing workshops and community healing events focused on feminine power, pleasure, vulnerability, and beauty-making.

Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen is a poet, community artist, activist and educator. She was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California where she was awarded the Mary Merrit Henry Prize in Poetry and the Ardella Mills Literary Composition Prize in Creative Non-Fiction. Some of her publications include “CAYLX Journal,” “Asian Pacific American Journal,” the Vietnamese Artists Collective anthology “AS IS: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese American Artists” and the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) anthology “Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women.” She has performed her work at numerous venues in the Bay Area and Twin Cities. Anh-Hoa is the founder of Pomelo Press, and creates self-published and hand bound artists books. Anh-Hoa has also completed a residency at Hedgebrook, a Writers-in-Residence Program for women, and has received a writing fellowship from the Elizabeth George Foundation and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

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